Are Jews “White European” colonizers, without a historic connection to Israel?

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Short answer

People who have continuously lived on the land and legally own it are not colonizers. Also, most Jews are not even of European descent—the majority of Jews who live in Israel have Middle Eastern, North African, and Asian ancestry.

Long answer

Jews have continuously lived in the land of Israel for thousands of years. There is concrete evidence of a Jewish presence in the land of Israel dating back thousands of years, including coins with Hebrew inscriptions, ancient Jewish texts, and synagogues. Jews have always resided in the land of Israel both as sovereign kingdoms and under foreign occupation, including occupation by Arabs. Unfortunately, most Jews were expelled from the land of Israel over 2,000 years ago. In modern history, there is evidence that Jews were the majority in the Ottoman province of Palestine, almost up to the time of the British Mandate when a multitude of Arabs came to the Mandate of Palestine from Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. And while most local Arabs were tenant farmers, the Jews were mostly landowners. Also, most Jews are not even of European descent—the majority of Jews who live in Israel have Middle Eastern, North African, and Asian ancestry.

A Muslim explains that there was never a Palestinian country, but there was a Jewish one

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The Jewish connection to Israel – a booklet (8 pages) by StandWithUs

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Background on the Historic connection of Jews to Gaza

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History of the Jewish presence in Gaza

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Explanation on how Jews came to be considered as “white” even though they are a distinct ethnic group

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Opinion of a black Jewish woman about “Jews are white”

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Opinion of a black Jewish woman about “Black people should support Hamas”

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Some more information about why Jews are not “white”

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